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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
House investigating whether Trump lied to Mueller  —  Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives is now investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller in written answers he provided in the Russia investigation, the House's general counsel said in federal court Monday.
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CNBC:
Supreme Court temporarily halts court order requiring accountants to turn over Trump's tax returns to Congress  — The Supreme Court temporarily blocks a ruling requiring accounting firm Mazars to turn President Donald Trump's tax returns over to House Democrats.
Washington Post:
House is investigating whether Trump lied to Mueller, its general counsel told a federal appeals court  —  BREAKING: The statement came in arguments before appeals court judges in Washington, D.C., over Congress's request to have secret grand jury evidence from former special counsel Robert …
Politico:
Judges suggest court shouldn't solve dispute over Mueller's evidence
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
70% of Americans say Trump's actions tied to Ukraine were wrong: POLL  —  An overwhelming 70% of Americans think President Donald Trump's request to a foreign leader to investigate his political rival, which sits at the heart of the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry, was wrong, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.
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NBC News:
Trump's impeachment ire turns on Pompeo amid diplomats' starring roles  —  Impeachment hearings have created a rift between the president and one of his staunchest allies in the administration.  —  WASHINGTON —The Ukraine impeachment inquiry has created the first rift between President Donald Trump …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point in Integrity
Discussion: Redstate
Axios:
The schedule for this week's impeachment hearings
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Majority of Americans support ousting Trump from office, new poll shows
Discussion: The Hill
Lisa Kaczke / Argus Leader:
'Meth.  We're On It.': South Dakota spends $449K on new anti-meth ad campaign  —  Gov. Kristi Noem has a message for South Dakota: “Meth.  We're On It.”  —  Noem launched her new anti-meth campaign on Monday to bring awareness to the meth epidemic in South Dakota that will include a new TV ad, billboards, posters and website.
Discussion: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
White House official sues Politico, targets Schiff's role in impeachment  —  EXCLUSIVE: The impeachment inquiry against President Trump has triggered a wave of charges, countercharges, court battles, subpoenas and legal threats.  —  Now it has produced its first libel suit.
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
House staffers on a summer trip to Ukraine learned U.S. aid was frozen.  Stunned, here's what they did next.
Discussion: The Hill
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Schumer wants protections for Vindman, Cooper ahead of public testimony
Discussion: Axios
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Politico, DNC at odds over Democratic debate moderator  —  Politico and PBS are scheduled to co-host the sixth Democratic primary debate on Dec. 19 in Los Angeles.  —  The Democratic National Committee and the news organization Politico are locked in an argument over the ideological credentials …
Washington Post:
IRS whistleblower case advances as Senate staff looks at whether political appointee meddled with audit of Trump or Pence  —  Senate aides spoke to the whistleblower and follow-up interviews are expected.  —  Two Senators are looking into a whistleblower's allegations that at least …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
State Department staffer resigns after allegations she inflated her resume  —  Mina Chang was accused of creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it, which she denies.  —  The State Department seal.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  Mina Chang, a high-ranking State Department staffer …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Chart: Side-by-Side Comparison of Kurt Volker's vs Other Witnesses' Testimony in Impeachment Inquiry  —  Introduction by Ryan Goodman:  —  Ambassador Kurt Volker faces a serious credibility problem for having denied knowledge or involvement in President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani's efforts …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Murray Waas / Vox:   The wolves are coming for Kurt Volker
Desmond Butler / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: US officials knew of Ukraine's Trump anxiety  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite his denials, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump Administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden before his July phone call with President Donald Trump that has led to impeachment hearings.
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
McConnell: Lack of civility is country's biggest problem  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bemoaning the country's lack of civility, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that both sides of the political spectrum need to defuse the anger surrounding political discourse.
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Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
McConnell still 'can't imagine' Senate will oust Trump in impeachment process
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
Bisnow:
EXCLUSIVE: Chick-fil-A To Stop Donations To Charities With Anti-LGBT Views  —  Want to get a jump-start on upcoming deals?  Meet the major players at one of our upcoming national events!  —  As Chick-fil-A expands globally and into more liberal parts of the U.S., the chicken chain plans …
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CNN:
Pompeo announces reversal of longstanding US policy on Israeli settlements  —  (CNN)US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a major reversal of the US' longstanding policy on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, rejecting a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed …
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Bryan Anderson / Sacramento Bee:
Pete Buttigieg says he's open to sending U.S. troops to Mexico  —  South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said at a Latino forum in Los Angeles on Sunday that he'd be willing to send U.S. troops into Mexico to combat gang and drug violence.  —  “There is a scenario where we could have security cooperation,” Buttigieg said.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Associated Press:
Buttigieg visits Morehouse in effort to build black support
Discussion: The Hill and ABC News
Joanne Rosa / ABC News:
‘The View’ reacts to Pete Buttigieg's lead in latest Iowa poll for 2020 race
Discussion: Washington Post and Spectator USA
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
How Soledad O'Brien Became CNN and the Mainstream Media's Most Outspoken Critic  —  For Soledad O'Brien, the presidency of Donald Trump has ripped the cover off a lot of things, including the fragility of American democracy, the cravenness of many of our elected officials, and …
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
What Does Rudy Giuliani's Son Do?  —  It's hard to turn on cable news or scroll through Twitter these days without catching the name “Giuliani.”  Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, is a central character in the House's impeachment inquiry.
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Trump advisory board member: Women should strive to be “handmaidens,” stay out of the workplace  —  Trump surrogate Clarence Mason Weaver on women: “We don't care how smart you are.  We don't care how strong you are”  —  Right-wing pundit and recently announced Trump advisory board member …
Dominique Mosbergen / HuffPost:
Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Accepts ACLU Award For Courage  —  In a rare public appearance, Ford accepted the Rodger Baldwin Courage Award at the ACLU of Southern California's annual Bill of Rights dinner on Sunday night.  —  Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh …
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Christine Blasey Ford receives ACLU courage award
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Professor Who Wrote Book on Drug Crime Is Accused of Money Laundering  —  A Miami-area college professor who wrote a book about illegal drug trafficking turned his expertise to crime as part of a scheme to wash corrupt cash from Venezuela, prosecutors said.  —  Bruce Bagley, 73 …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
New York Times editor says Trump has put his reporters' lives at risk  —  Dean Baquet decries abuse of journalists and defends not calling president racist  —  The executive editor of the New York Times has accused Donald Trump of putting his reporters' lives at risk by subjecting …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Retribution Against the Washington Post Owner Is His Gravest Abuse of Power  —  The saga of President Trump's reprisals against Amazon has lurked on the margin of the news, largely overshadowed by the Ukraine scandal.  Late Thursday night, Amazon revealed it had filed a protest …
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
U.S. has world's highest rate of children in detention: U.N. study  —  GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has the world's highest rate of children in detention, including more than 100,000 in immigration-related custody that violates international law, the author of a United Nations study said on Monday.
Guy Benson / Townhall:
George Conway: Let's Face It, This Elise Stefanik Character Is ‘Trash’  —  He's a man perhaps best known for trolling his wife and her boss on Twitter, to the endless delight of his new political allies, and now he's expanding his blast radius.  Reacting to Rep. Elise Stefanik's (R-NY) …
 
 
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Michael Roberts / Denver Westword:
Craig Silverman, Trump, KNUS and Media Confusion Over Firing Question
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Kaitlyn Olvera / KLAS - 8 News Now:
Congresswoman Dina Titus calls President Trump derogatory name
Discussion: PEN and The Hill
Elliot Ackerman / TIME:
President Trump's Pardons of Soldiers Shows How Little He Knows About War
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump Has Never Explained a Mysterious $50 Million Loan. Is It Evidence of Tax Fraud?
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Trump's Made-for-TV Trade War Has Few Entertained
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 Earlier Items: 
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
The Hill: We Are ‘Reviewing’ and ‘Updating’ John Solomon's Ukraine Columns
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Analysis: Media's Biden Standard of ‘No Evidence’ Is a Double Standard
Discussion: Twitchy
New York Times:
Trump Retreats From Flavor Ban for E-Cigarettes